Silvia Mordini is a Writer, Happiness Coach and internationally recognized Yoga Presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. From July 23d till 30th, she leads the 8 days Pura Vida Retreat in Costa Rica with Justin Kaliszewski. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on. In young adulthood she was run over by a car—a life changing accident that led her to discover the “Alchemy” of Yoga to heal and transform. A serial Yogapreneur, Silvia had a 13 year Human Resource career, owned 2 Yoga Studios, founded Alchemy Tours, a Spiritual Adventure company and developed the 11 year old international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School. She also leads private Dharma Mentoring courses for socially conscious yogapreneurs that aims to calibrate the inner compass for fulfillment and work life balance. This program provides the mechanics to do the work of spirit and be financially successful at the same time. She has been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years.
GL: Where do you call home?
Where the Palm Trees meet the Redwoods, paradise on earth, Santa Cruz, California. That’s my home base or Root Chakra, in the U.S. I also remain a citizen of the world, spending 2-3 months in Bali each year, as well as 2 months in Costa Rica and a month in Italy. All of these are homes of my heart.
GL: Tell us your favorite yoga pose. What do you love or find particularly challenging about it?
My favorite asana poses are backbends. Any of them. All of them. The energetics of opening the front body and being vulnerable while at the same time strong on the back body is incredible. A drop back from standing into wheel taught me to trust myself to stay calm as I bend back into the unknown. The hardest pose of all, is being ourselves in a world where we are constantly being challenged by social comparison.
GL: What’s life like for you when you’re not on the mat?
When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me at home on my laptop on this cool Parisian style couch where I’m writing over 108 articles for publication each year or working on one of my books. Or walking along the beach collecting more seashells (you can never ever have enough). I also love watching movies so you’ll find me at those cool theaters where you can have prosecco during the movie. I love that. And I love cooking vegetarian Italian or Latin meals for my friends entertaining in the sunshine at home. And if you see me out and about I never leave the house without my I-phone, Mala beads (I know it sounds so stereotypical yogi, but it’s true), a pretty scarf or fun hat (you can dress up any outfit before or after yoga with the magic of a scarf and hat!).
GL: Describe yourself in a few words:
Writer. Yogi. Adventure Junkie. Spiritual Traveler. Happiness Coach. Teacher. Healer. Activator.
GL: As a retreat leader and instructor, what makes your work special?
My Dharma is achieved through writing: I change people’s lives. With laser like focus I serve as a catalyst for readers to figure out their purpose/dharma.. I wake people up to the power of change – their ability to choose to be happy, in order to love themselves, love their day, love their lives. I’ve been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years. I keep it real. My Message comes across in every article: We don’t get to do today over again. This is not a rehearsal. Live your Happiness Fully!
GL: What do you recommend for the guests coming to your retreat?
1. Remain a student of life. Practice being teachable.
2. Give gratitude to your teachers. To all whom you learn from, the barista, the taxi driver, your yoga/meditation teacher, your Mom or Dad, the sun and the moon.
3. Keep it real – Be a positive example of authenticity. Don’t just pretend to be yourself actually demonstrate what it means to live your life with integrity.
4. Show up and be present. Be kind.
5. Get healthy, stay healthy – practice radical self-care, build a therapeutic support system.
GL: What makes you smile?
Travel makes me smile. One could say being a citizen of the world is in my blood. My Father Enrico was an adventurer, my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents from the time I was an infant. I guess the fact that I love to show other people the beauty of the world shouldn’t surprise anyone since I was born in Ecuador, South America; my Father is from Northern Italy near Modena, and English was my third language. And I learned from my Father, this spirit of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, to dream the impossible. I saw with my own eyes, touched and tasted new flavors, experienced new landscapes and as a result I learned about myself. Every time I traveled somewhere I came back different, I was changed and knew that anything was possible. Tapping
into my potential to see through the eyes of my heart makes me smile.